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Ratings News - 16th May 2013 (Full Tables Posted)

Today's Early Overnight Ratings

This table shows the early overnight ratings. These ratings are normally adjusted later in the day when all the ratings have been consolidated to take into account any local preemptions and/or overruns. You can find all the final adjusted numbers in our Ratings Database. (See the About section below for details about ratings)

Early Ratings Analysis

The analysis below is based on the early household numbers and are NOT the same as the numbers that will be posted in the above table later. (See the About section below)

For more information on the Nielsen Ratings see this Wikipedia Entry.

NOTE: The opinions expressed here are NOT those of SpoilerTV but of the Author of this Article, Marc Berman.

Metered Market Wednesday Ratings
Fading Fox Still Scores a Victory

Wednesday 5/15/13
Metered Market Results

Fox 6.8/11
CBS 5.4/ 9
NBC 4.7/ 8
ABC 4.6/ 8
CW 1.8/ 3


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 5/17/12:
CW: +100, NBC: +47, ABC: -10, CBS: -18, Fox: -42


“Arrow” (CW), “Criminal Minds” (CBS), “CSI” (CBS)

-Fading Fast:
“American Idol” (Fox)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Family Tools” (ABC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
Fox was the network to beat on this third Wednesday in May with its combination of the final performance show of the season for “American Idol” (8.4 rating/14 share) and recent returnee “So You Think You Can Dance” (#3: 5.2/ 8), which got a boost from Tuesday’s season opener. But compared to the year-ago two-hour edition (11.8/19 on 5/16/12), “Idol” slipped by 29 percent. As for the rumors that Nicki Minaj is leaving, that is a no-brainer given the expected departures of all four of the current judges.

In season-finale news, “Arrow” concluded its successful first season on The CW with a 2.0/ 3 from 8-9 p.m., which almost tripled the year-ago overnight performance for a repeat of “America’s Next Top Model: British Edition.” In The CW’s world, this is a huge hit. Next was the season-finale of “Supernatural,” which benefited out of “Arrow” this season, with a 1.5/ 2 (#2) at 9 p.m. For news on The CW’s fall schedule, scroll down to The CW in Fall 2013: Three New Dramas, Changes on All Five Nights.

Over at CBS, back-to-back repeats of sitcom “2 Broke Girls,” which will remain in the Monday 9 p.m. half-hour next season (into new Chuck Lorre sitcom “Mom”) averaged a fourth-place 2.7/ 5 from 8-9 p.m. That led into “Criminal Minds” (#2: 6.9/11) and “CSI” (#1: 6.3/11) from 9-11 p.m., which will remain intact (out of “Survivor”) next season.

ABC’s Wednesday standout, of course, was “Modern Family” at a 7.0/11 at 9 p.m., which was equal to one year earlier (and will own the time period among adults 18-49). Comparably, that built from canceled lead-in “Family Tools” (#3: 3.2/ 5 at 8:30 p.m.) by 119 percent. Next was also axed sitcom “How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life”) at a 4.4/ 7 (#4) at 9:30 p.m., which was 13 percent above year-ago occupant “Don’t Trust the B___ in Apartment 23” (3.9/ 6 on 5/16/12). Since “Apartment 23” was granted a second season, why not give “How to Live With Your Parents” more time?

Earlier in the evening on ABC was “The Middle” at a second-place 4.8/ 8 at 8 p.m., which was on par from one year earlier. And renewed “Nashville” closed the night with a typical third-place 4.2/ 7 at 10 p.m.

Capping off the evening was NBC with its line-up of “Dateline” (#3: 4.2/ 7), “Law & Order: SVU” (#4: 5.1/ 8) and “Chicago Fire” (#2: 4.7/ 8). As a reminder, Wednesday next season on NBC will feature relocated “Revolution” at 8 p.m., followed by “Law & Order: SVU” and the revival of “Ironside.” “Chicago Fire” moves to Tuesday at 10 p.m. out of “The Biggest Loser” and “The Voice” from 8-10 p.m.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Source: Marc Berman@tvmediainsights

About the Daily Ratings

Each day (except Sunday) we post the TV Ratings for the previous night.

The first item that gets posted (normally around 2pm GMT) is the early overnight analysis based on the early household numbers (these are not the same as the Total Viewers and 18-49 Demo numbers that are posted later).

Later on (normally between 4pm-5pm GMT) we post the official early overnight Total Viewers and 18-49 Demo numbers in the table above.

Finally, later in the evening (10pm-11pm GMT) or the following day, the final adjusted ratings numbers are released, these are then posted in the Ratings Database. The Final Adjusted numbers are what we use for all our Renew/Cancellation Tables, Full Season Tables, Ratings Scorecards etc (see below)

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The current season full ratings tables for both Total Viewers and 18-49 Demos
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